Power Grab: EPA Wants To Garnish Wages of “Polluters”

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(WASHINGTON TIMES)   The Environmental Protection Agency has quietly floated a rule claiming authority to bypass the courts and unilaterally garnish paychecks of those accused of violating its rules, a power currently used by agencies such as the Internal Revenue Service.

The EPA has been flexing its regulatory muscle under President Obama, collecting more fines each year and hitting individuals with costly penalties for violating environmental rules, including recently slapping a $75,000 fine on Wyoming homeowner Andy Johnson for building a pond on his rural property.

“The EPA has a history of overreaching its authority. It seems like once again the EPA is trying to take power it doesn’t have away from American citizens,” Sen. John Barrasso, Wyoming Republican, said when he learned of the EPA’s wage garnishment scheme.

Others questioned why the EPA decided to strengthen its collection muscle at this time.

Critics said the threat of garnishing wages would be a powerful incentive for people to agree to expensive settlements rather than fight EPA charges.

EPA officials did not respond to repeated questions by The Washington Times about why they thought it was necessary to garnish people’s wages.

The EPA announced the plan last week in a notice in the Federal Register, saying federal law allows it “to garnish non-Federal wages to collect delinquent non-tax debts owed the United States without first obtaining a court order.”

The agency cited authority under the Debt Collection Improvement Act of 1996 that centralized federal collection operations under the Treasury Department, which oversees garnishments of wages or tax refund checks.

Under the law, every federal agency has the authority to conduct administrative wage garnishment, provided the agency adopts approved rules for conducting hearings where debtors can challenge the amount of debt or terms of repayment schedule, a Treasury official said.

Still, the rule would give the EPA sweeping authority to dictate how and whether Americans could dispute fines and penalties, even as the amount of EPA fines collected from individuals, businesses and local governments steadily increase.

The amount of fines raked in by the agency has jumped from $96 million in 2009 to $252 million in 2012, a more than 160 percent increase, according to EPA annual reports.

Putting the collection powers on a fast track, the agency announced it in the Federal Register as a “direct final rule” that would take effect automatically Sept. 2, unless the EPA receives adverse public comments by Aug. 1.

The EPA said it deemed the action as not a “significant regulatory action” and therefore not subject to review.

The negative reactions began almost immediately.

In a comment letter submitted to the EPA, the conservative Heritage Foundation faulted the rule for giving the government “unbridled discretion” in controlling the process for challenging fines and wage garnishment, such as dictating the site of a hearing without consideration of the time and travel expense placed on the accused debtor.

The rule allows the EPA to decide whether a debtor gets a chance to present a defense and then picks whomever it chooses to serve as a hearing officer, even someone not trained as an administrative law judge, wrote David S. Addington, group vice president for research at The Heritage Foundation.

It also puts the burden of proof on the debtor, not the EPA, he said.

The EPA has been on the front lines of the battle over Mr. Obama’s climate change agenda, including issuing proposed rules that would require coal-fired power plants to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 30 percent over 15 years.

Critics say it will cause massive increases in the cost of electricity, lead to power shortages and eliminate jobs, while making scant impact on the amount of greenhouse gasses emitted worldwide.

The agency has been a magnet for criticism over new rules on things such as wood-burning stoves and small streams or ponds on private land, including waterways on farms and golf courses.

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TSA Confiscates Instrument From Grammy Winning Artist

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(FEDERALJACK)   Reportedly in connection with intelligence indicating al-Qaeda has developed new harder to detect bombs, the Transportation Security Agency will now require passengers coming from certain overseas airports to power up cellphones and other electronic devices in front of security agents. The failure of a device to boot can potentially indicate the presence of a bomb and may result in confiscation, according to the TSA. Seizure of personal items has been a growing issue, and recently made its way back into the headlines when the agency impounded a part of the bass belonging to Grammy winner Christian McBride.

Agriculture Trade Groups Crackdown on Journalists’ Rights

 Agriculture Trade Groups Crackdown on Journalists Rights

(FEDERALJACK)   Agriculture industry trade groups are defending themselves in courts across the country from journalists and activists who believe their First Amendment rights are being violated. Animal rights activists, environmentalists and journalists who make secret video recordings to expose cases of animal cruelty on farms face the possibility of criminal prosecution due to restrictive laws passed with the support of big agriculture.

Mackenzie: ‘What if I die before the trial?’

(QUAD CITY TIMES)   An Iowa cancer patient awaiting trial on marijuana charges whispered a question to his attorney during a Friday status hearing in Scott County District Court.

“What if I die before the trial?” Benton Mackenzie asked.

The 47-year-old is one of six defendants whose charges stem from a Scott County Sheriff’s search last summer that seized 71 marijuana plants.

Mackenzie, who shared his story with the Quad-City Times in September, says he grew the marijuana for cannabis oil to treat his terminal cancer. He said that since deputies confiscated his plants, his health has worsened to the point his family has put him on hospice watch.

He doesn’t think he’ll live long enough to make it to trial, which on Friday was set for June 2, almost a year after the search.

Initially, the trial was set for last October. Then it was postponed to December, then March, and now June 2.

“At this time schedule, they’re trying to kill me,” Mackenzie said after Friday’s hearing.

During the hearing, Scott County District Judge Henry Latham attributed the delays to the defense as Latham and lawyers laid out a calendar of future court dates.

Scott County Attorney Mike Walton said he isn’t dropping the case.

“I haven’t been given any legal reason why charges should be dismissed,” Walton said.

In answer to Mackenzie’s question about what happens to the case if he dies, Walton said the case against the other defendants would go on.

Iowa law doesn’t allow medical marijuana. Mackenzie had an opinion about the bill that failed in the Iowa Legislature earlier this week.

“There are still chariot wheels at the bottom of the Red Sea,” he said.

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Woman sentenced to 2 days in jail because she couldn’t afford her truancy fines dies in jail

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(John Vibes)   Eileen DiNino, a 55 year old mother of 7 was sent to prison because she couldn’t afford to pay for her children’s truancy fines.  Tragically, after serving half of her two day prison sentence, she was found dead in her cell.

District Judge Dean R. Patton of Reading, Pennsylvania sentenced Ms. DiNino to two days in prison to erase roughly $2,000 in fines.

Patton sent the woman away to prison against his better judgement, but as with most government jobs, Patton is required to ignore his own conscience to abide by federal and state laws.

Her cause of death has yet to be determined, but police say that it is “not suspicious.

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Captain America Winter Soldier: New World Order Plot

Captain America New World Order Paperclip (SACREDOWLS) Just finished watching Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier & was pleasantly surprised! Sacred Owls loves us some Marvel but this one went the extra mile! Sometimes life is stranger than fiction. Warning: Spoilers!

Hydra = Operation Paperclip

Just as I was thinking it, Black Widow said it!

Captain: “Arnim Zola was a German scientist that worked for the Red Skull. He’s been dead for years”

Arnim: “First correction: I am Swiss. 2nd: Look around you. I have never been more alive. In 1972 I received a terminal diagnosis. Science could not save my body. My mind, however… That was worth saving. On 200,000 feet of data banks. You are standing in my brain.”

Captain: “How did you get here?”

Arnim: “Invited.”

Black Widow:It was Operation Paperclip after World War II S.H.I.E.L.D. recruited German scientists with strategic value.

Arnim: “You thought I could help their cause. I also helped my own.”

Captain: “Hydra died with the Red Skull”

Arnim: “Cut off one head, two more shall take it’s place.”

Captain: “Prove it.”

Arnim: “Access archive… Hydra was founded on the belief that humanity could not be trusted with it’s own freedom. What we did not realize is that if you try to take that freedom they resist. The war tough us much. Humanity needed to surrender their freedom willingly. After the war S.H.I.E.L.D. was founded. And I was was recruited. The new Hydra grew. A beautiful parasite inside S.H.I.E.L.D. For 70 years Hydra has been secretly feeding crisis, reaping war and when history did not cooperate, history was changed.

Black Widow: “That’s impossible S.H.I.E.L.D. would have stopped you.”

Arnim: “Accidents will happen. Hydra created a world so chaotic that humanity is finally ready to sacrifice it’s freedom to gain it’s security once the purification process is complete Hydra’s New World Order will arise. We won Captain. Your death amounts to the same as your life. A zero sum.”

Hydra New World Order

S.H.I.E.L.D. is an espionage and law-enforcement agency in the Marvel Comics Universe. The acronym originally stood for Supreme Headquarters, International Espionage, Law-Enforcement Division. It was changed in 1991 to Strategic Hazard Intervention Espionage Logistics Directorate. – Wikipedia

So this whole story line is pretty much the same true history of humanity since WWII. Except S.H.I.E.L.D. was the C.I.A. However, the United States Central Intelligence Agency was not founded by “good guys” but rather Yale University / Skull & Bones alumni who practiced black arts, occult rite & rituals who’s plans were world domination through war, famine, and poison. People like Prescott Bush, Henry Kissinger, and so on. Instead of an Orwellian 1984 scenario with boot to the neck oppression in order to achieve a New World Order the men behind the curtain are going more Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World where we beg for the control because it is convenient and comfortable.

Operation Paperclip is the actual name of Nazi infiltration of the United States government. It’s pretty amazing that Marvel had the balls to not only drop that name with it’s actual definition (which American Horror Story: Coven also did recently) but then to tie it to the phrase New World Order within minutes of the film.

Zola’s Algorithm (Project Insight) = NSA PRISM

Another key plot line that correlates with reality is Zola’s Algorithm. It’s concept of using data mining in order to keep tabs on citizen’s and even predict what they are going to do in the future to assess who is a threat to national security is exactly what the N.S.A. (National Security Agency) PRISM program is.

PRISM is a clandestine mass electronic surveillance data mining program launched in 2007 by the National Security Agency (NSA), with participation from an unknown date by the British equivalent agency, GCHQ. PRISM is a government code name for a data-collection effort known officially by the SIGAD US-984XN. The Prism program collects stored Internet communications based on demands made to Internet companies such as Google Inc. under Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act of 2008 to turn over any data that match court-approved search terms. The NSA can use these Prism requests to target communications that were encrypted when they traveled across the Internet backbone, to focus on stored data that telecommunication filtering systems discarded earlier, and to get data that is easier to handle, among other things. – Wikipedia

Captain: “Tell me about Zola’s algorithm.”

Agent: “Never heard of it.”

Captain: “What were you doing on the Lumurian Star*?”

Agent: “Throwing up. I get sea sick… (after being kicked off the roof and thrown back on by Falcon) Zola’s algorithm is a program for choosing its targets

Captain: “What targets?”

Agent: “You, The T.V. anchor in Karo, The other secretay of Defensa, high school valedictorian Iowa City, Bruce Banner, Steven Strange, anyone who is a threat to Hydra now or in the future

Captain: “In the future? How could it know?”

Agent: “(laughing) How could it not? The 21st century is a digital book. Zola tough Hydra how to read it. Your bank records, medical histories, voting patterns, emails, phone calls, your damn S.A.T. scores. Zola’s algorithm evaluates people’s past to predict their future.

Captain: “What then?”

Agent: “…oh my god Pierce is going to kill me…”

Captain: “WHAT THEN?!”

Agent: “Then the  inside helicarriers scratch people off the list… a few million at a time.”

There you have it folks! Using predictive programming to kill a huge chunk of the worlds population (as per National Security Study Memorandum 200 by Henry Kissinger in 1979) in order to depopulate the world for national security.

*Fun fact. Lumurian Star is a reference to the hypothetical lost continent connecting the Indian and Pacific oceans which has been referenced a bit in popular culture but has been rendered obsolete by modern understanding of plate tectonics.

Another note of Anti-New World Order symbolism is towards the end when Nick Fury needs to use a retinal scanner in order to enter a door but his security clearance has been revoked. He raises his eye patch to reveal his damaged eye and says “It you want to stay ahead of me Mr. Secretary… you need to keep both eyes open.”

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Wanna be illuminated ones like to cover one eye in order to show allegiance to the New World Order as shown to the right.

Samuel L. Jackson’s character Nick Fury however does the opposite. He has an eye patch because of something done to him. It is unsightly and damaged which is why it is covered. In order to gain access to the information to destroy the tyrant. He lifts it as a sign of disobedience.

Winter Soldier = MK Ultra Monarch Program Victim

The Winter Soldier himself is something right out of the C.I.A.’s Monarch Program under MKUltra. He is a brainwashed mind control victim who has psychological triggers that make him operate.

Winter Soldier MK Ultra Monarch Programming

When he does not operate as his controllers want, they give him shock treatment and reprogram him.

Some other fun little conspiracy references were found in the film like when a senator is talking to what seems like one of his agents about setting up an appointment to sleep with a wanna be reporter but stops himself because “This isn’t the place to talk about it” and notices his lapel pin. The agent slowly looks up and him and knowingly says “Thank you.” with a creepy smile. Then the senator say’s “Come here.” and reaches in for a hug at which point he whispers in his ear “hail Hydra” and walks off.

This sort of awkward greeting is common among the initiated in secret societies. This scene is actually really similar to the way George W. Bush greeted Jeff Gannon (gay porn star, White House prostitute “midnight call boy” and who some believe to be Johnny Gosch the missing child presumed dead or a victim of The Franklin Cover Up ritual sex & murder circle). This type of shit really makes my skin crawl… creeps.

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All and all, great film! The good guy is an old fashioned, modest, moral man who believes in the constitution, transparency in government, and freedom from tyrants (which are one in the same).

To quote the Captain:

“Attention all S.H.I.E.L.D. agents. This is Steve Rogers. You’ve heard a lot about me in the past few days. Some of you were even ordered to hunt me down. But I think it’s time you know the truth. S.H.I.E.L.D. is not what we though it was. It’s been taken over by Hydra. Alexander Pierce is their leader. The strike and insight crew work for Hydra as well. I don’t know how many more but I know they are in the building. They could be standing right next to you. They almost have what they want. Absolute control. They shot Nick Fury and it won’t end there. If you launch those helicarriers today Hydra will be able to kill anyone that stands in their way unless we stop them. I know I am asking a lot but the price of freedom is high… it always has been, and it’s a price I am willing to pay. And if I am the only one, so be it. But I am willing to be that I am not.”

Infowars.com has also done a pretty good review of the film.

EXCLUSIVE: ELITE SWAT TEAMS & THE DISCOVERY OF A HOSTILE TAKE-OVER FROM WITHIN

(Stephanie Sledge)   Over the past few decades, America has seen a steady increase of police departments across the nation subscribe and incorporate ‘Elite’ crime fighting teams called Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT). These elite teams are highly trained in the militarized special operations and urban warfare tactics. These SWAT teams were once viewed by the public as a good way to fight the drug war. Over the past few years the public view has flipped and now Citizens are beginning to question whether these elite SWAT teams are a deeper sign of a hostile takeover of America from within.

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It Turns Out Monsanto Actually DID Buy the BLACKWATER Mercenary Group

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(COUNTER CURRENT NEWS)   A report by Jeremy Scahill in The Nation revealed that the largest mercenary army in the world, Blackwater (later called Xe Services and more recently “Academi”) clandestine intelligence services was sold to the multinational Monsanto. Blackwater was renamed in 2009 after becoming famous in the world with numerous reports of abuses in Iraq, including massacres of civilians. It remains the largest private contractor of the U.S. Department of State “security services,” that practices state terrorism by giving the government the opportunity to deny it.

Many military and former CIA officers work for Blackwater or related companies created to divert attention from their bad reputation and make more profit selling their nefarious services-ranging from information and intelligence to infiltration, political lobbying and paramilitary training – for other governments, banks and multinational corporations. According to Scahill, business with multinationals, like Monsanto, Chevron, and financial giants such as Barclays and Deutsche Bank, are channeled through two companies owned by Erik Prince, owner of Blackwater: Total Intelligence Solutions and Terrorism Research Center. These officers and directors share Blackwater.

One of them, Cofer Black, known for his brutality as one of the directors of the CIA, was the one who made contact with Monsanto in 2008 as director of Total Intelligence, entering into the contract with the company to spy on and infiltrate organizations of animal rights activists, anti-GM and other dirty activities of the biotech giant.

Contacted by Scahill, the Monsanto executive Kevin Wilson declined to comment, but later confirmed to The Nation that they had hired Total Intelligence in 2008 and 2009, according to Monsanto only to keep track of “public disclosure” of its opponents. He also said that Total Intelligence was a “totally separate entity from Blackwater.”

However, Scahill has copies of emails from Cofer Black after the meeting with Wilson for Monsanto, where he explains to other former CIA agents, using their Blackwater e-mails, that the discussion with Wilson was that Total Intelligence had become “Monsanto’s intelligence arm,” spying on activists and other actions, including “our people to legally integrate these groups.” Total Intelligence Monsanto paid $ 127,000 in 2008 and $ 105,000 in 2009.

No wonder that a company engaged in the “science of death” as Monsanto, which has been dedicated from the outset to produce toxic poisons spilling from Agent Orange to PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls), pesticides, hormones and genetically modified seeds, is associated with another company of thugs.

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Juggalos vs. the FBI: Why Insane Clown Posse Fans are Not a Gang

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(REASON TV)   You may already know Juggalos, the fans of Detroit horrorcore rap group Insane Clown Posse (ICP), from Buzzfeed lists, television shows like Workaholics, or music videos like “Juggalo Island.” But, you may not know that Juggalos are one of the best examples of a self reliant (but demonized) community.

Juggalos began to garner a lot of mainstream attention in 2011 when they were classified as a “hybrid gang” by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in their National Gang Threat Assessment report. The report says Juggalos could “exhibit gang-like behavior and engage in criminal activity and violence.”

Juggalos at the 2013 Gathering of the Juggalos, a music festival held in Cave-in-Rock, Illinois, told Reason TV that they disputed the claims made by the FBI.

“That’s stereotyping pretty much,” said one Juggalo. “You know people who don’t listen to the music or are not a fan or a family are going to think we are violent people when they see hatchet men [emblem of Juggalos] or Juggalo stuff.”

Insane Clown Posse’s members, Shaggy 2 Dope and Violent J, agree and are suing the FBI along with the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan, claiming that profiling Juggalos as a gang violates Juggalos’ constitutional right to express themselves. Further, the gang classification could subject Juggalos to routine stops, detainment, and interrogation by local and federal law enforcement based solely on their music preferences.

“I think it’s ridiculous to consider the Juggalos a gang,” says journalist Camille Dodero, who has written about Juggalos and Insane Clown Posse for Gawker and the Village Voice. “In some ways it’s almost ironic. These are a group of people that no one else in America has ever cared about and then this one band gave them a sense of identity–like it was a support group.”

Dodero says Juggalos often come from lower class backgrounds and although some of them commit crimes, not all of them do.

“And that’s not to say that there are that many kids doing it. It just so happened that somebody caught onto the fact that those kids who have that hatchet man sometimes steal things,” says Dodero. “That is part of who ICP has been reaching though, people with really bad upbringings.”

ICP, who grew up in lower class households just like their fans, have targeted victims as their audience. These include kids who were homeless, came from an abusive family, or were molested. The result is a world where these young people have escaped the life they were dealt for a supportive community they’ve helped create. One they lovingly refer to as “family.”

The FBI said it could not comment on pending litigation, but the effects of the gang label may have already impacted the next Gathering of the Juggalos. The 2014 music festival had to change locations multiple times thanks in part to the fears of local residents, fears Insane Clown Posse has said are associated with the gang classification.

Texas Man Detained In Psych Ward, Nursing Home Without Due Process

 Texas Man Detained In Psych Ward, Nursing Home Without Due Process

(FEDERALJACK)   A man says that after he drove himself to a hospital for a surgery, social workers detained him against his will and he was then put into a psychiatric ward, and ultimately a nursing home. In a wild exhibition of state power, the man has been a prisoner without due process and no way to free himself. On February 21st, Charlie Fink, of Arlington, Texas, drove himself to Methodist Richardson Medical Center for a scheduled hernia surgery. Fink, 85, was scheduled to leave three days later. But to his dismay, he was locked in a room against his will and told he may not leave.

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